The best games with pattern building 2021

You love symmetry, colors & shapes - and board games? Then we have just the thing: a list of the 30 best games where you have to build patterns - in English it is called "Pattern Building".

What are pattern building games?

In pattern-building games, players place game components in specific patterns. The goal is to achieve fixed or variable task/results. For example: placing chips on 2, 4, 6, 8 on a board gives the player an action card to use later in the game.

Top example of games where you form patterns: Azul

A very good example of pattern-forming games is the Spiel des Jahres 2018 winner Azul: here, each time it's your turn, you first select a set usually consisting of four different colored tiles and then place them in a specific pattern on your board. The more contiguous and uniform the pattern, the more points you get.

Pattern making games usually very nice

Due to the special game mechanics of the patterns to be formed, the results are usually very aesthetic. If you are in the mood for even more beautiful games, we have created another list (in which, by the way, Azul came first): The most beautiful board games of all time.

List of the best games 2021 where you have to make patterns

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 739 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Azul

    All details for the board game Azul and similar games

    Nominated for 29 awards and won 19.

    Spiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for Azul
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Azul

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  2. Santorini

    All details for the board game Santorini and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Santorini
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de
  3. Carcassonne Big Box 6

    All details for the board game Carcassonne Big Box 6 and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime35 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!39€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Carcassonne Big Box 6

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Carcassonne Big Box 6" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Carcassonne Big Box 6" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  4. Azul: Summer Pavilion

    All details for the board game Azul: Summer Pavilion and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Azul: Summer Pavilion
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!35€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Azul: Summer Pavilion

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul: Summer Pavilion" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul: Summer Pavilion" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul: Summer Pavilion" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul: Summer Pavilion" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  5. Ohanami

    All details for the board game Ohanami and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  6. The Isle of Cats

    All details for the board game The Isle of Cats and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for The Isle of Cats
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!44€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Isle of Cats

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Isle of Cats" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Isle of Cats" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  7. Sagrada

    All details for the board game Sagrada and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards.

    More details for Sagrada
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!26€ atAmazon.de
  8. Calico

    All details for the board game Calico and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Calico
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de
  9. NMBR 9

    All details for the board game NMBR 9 and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for NMBR 9
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for NMBR 9

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "NMBR 9" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "NMBR 9" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  10. Meeple Circus

    All details for the board game Meeple Circus and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Meeple Circus
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!28€ atAmazon.de
  11. Qwinto

    All details for the board game Qwinto and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  12. Cube Quest

    All details for the board game Cube Quest and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Cube Quest
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  13. Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra

    All details for the board game Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!32€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  14. Takenoko

    All details for the board game Takenoko and similar games

    Nominated for 16 awards and won 6.

    More details for Takenoko
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Takenoko

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Takenoko" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Takenoko" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  15. Dr. Eureka

    All details for the board game Dr. Eureka and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dr. Eureka
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!21€ atAmazon.de
  16. Tiny Towns

    All details for the board game Tiny Towns and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for Tiny Towns
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!26€ atAmazon.de
  17. FUSE

    All details for the board game FUSE and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  18. Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

    All details for the board game Lanterns: The Harvest Festival and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Lanterns: The Harvest Festival
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Lanterns: The Harvest Festival" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Lanterns: The Harvest Festival" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  19. Dragomino

    All details for the board game Dragomino and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 3.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Dragomino
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  20. Ingenious

    All details for the board game Ingenious and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2004

    More details for Ingenious
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  21. Treasure, Ready, Go!

    All details for the board game Treasure, Ready, Go! and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  22. Reef

    All details for the board game Reef and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Reef
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  23. Dimension

    All details for the board game Dimension and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Dimension
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!30€ atAmazon.de
  24. Tuki

    All details for the board game Tuki and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    🔥 Deal: 26% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Tuki
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!14€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Tuki

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Tuki" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Tuki" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  25. Speed Cups²

    All details for the board game Speed Cups² and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  26. Conspiracy: Abyss Universe

    All details for the board game Conspiracy: Abyss Universe and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  27. Dragon Castle

    All details for the board game Dragon Castle and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Dragon Castle
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Dragon Castle

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Dragon Castle" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Dragon Castle" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  28. Qwirkle

    All details for the board game Qwirkle and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 2.

    Spiel des Jahres 2011

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2011

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2011

    More details for Qwirkle
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  29. Harvest Dice

    All details for the board game Harvest Dice and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Harvest Dice
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  30. Copenhagen

    All details for the board game Copenhagen and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Copenhagen
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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